The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 2, Number 37: February 28, 2021

Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Spring 2021 Testing Schedule

This week officially begins the spring state assessment cycle in Jefferson County Schools. Our schedule for March and April testing are in the picture below as well as a PDF copy beneath the picture that you may print for your convenience.
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At Corner Middle School we will begin the administration of the ACAP Alternate Test for exceptional education students in a self-contained classroom setting. This test series will be given over a two-week period at our school before we begin the larger ACAP Summative Test for the larger bulk of students in the school.

Jefcoed district leaders met with principals and counselors over the past two weeks to present a plan for the testing of students in a traditional setting as well as those students who are currently in a remote setting. All students enrolled in a public school in the state of Alabama MUST PARTICIPATE in state testing. It is the district's plan to utilize five school days if needed (three in March and two in April) to bring students who are currently in a remote learning environment back on to campus to test. Traditional students will stay at home on those three days and participate in asynchronous e-Learning Days.

Working with Mr. Ackerman and Mrs. Parker, the principal and counselor at Bagley Elementary, we have determined that we should only need three of those five days as the largest group of our currently enrolled students are in a traditional setting. In reviewing the suggested days, we felt families might be able to better utilize the days right before spring break than the days in the middle of the second week of April.

In creating our testing calendar, CMS has to work around events in which our students participate during the school day in March and April. In an effort to minimize a disruption to learning for all grade levels and based upon the staff available to administer and proctor the assessment, we will test one grade level per week. Each grade has a different set of standards-based tests in multiple content areas with different time requirements. You can find those requirements in the pictures below.

If your student is currently in a TRADITIONAL SETTING, he or she will not come to Corner Middle School on March 17-19. If your student is currently in a REMOTE SETTING, he or she will come to CMS on those days for testing. Buses will run each of those days at their regular times for remote students should they need transportation. Remote students in grades 5-8 will follow the daily schedule below:

7:25 - 7:55 Breakfast Served

7:55 - 8:30 Settle in and Prepare for Assessment

8:30 - 11:30 Begin ACAP Summative Assessment Sub-Tests

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch

12:00 - 3:00 Academic Opportunity Sessions for Remote Learners with Grade Level Staff

Traditional students will return after spring break and begin the ACAP Summative. For your planning purposes

  • 6th Grade will test the week of March 29th. Grades 5, 7, and 8 will run their regular schedules.
  • 8th Grade will test the week of April 5th. Grades 5, 6, and 7 will run their regular schedules.
  • 5th Grade will test the week of April 12th. Grades 6, 7, and 8 will run their regular schedules.
  • 7th Grade will test the week of April 19th. Grades 5, 6, and 8 will run their regular schedules.
  • Make-up testing (which we hope is not needed) is the week of April 26th. All students not participating in make-up testing will run their regular schedules.

Please help us by having your students at school during the testing period. If you are able, please schedule appointments either in a week your student is not testing or later in the afternoon of the testing week.

Finally, as the third quarter ends on March 19, 2021, we will need to know if you are planning on your student changing his or her learning environment from remote to traditional (or vice versa) earlier due to state testing. NEXT SUNDAY, we will send out the link to the Change in Learning Environment Survey for the fourth quarter. Please complete it before the end of the day on Friday, March 5th.

We understand that the district's plan may cause some inconvenience for you. That is why Bagley and Corner Middle have worked together to coordinate plans to utilize the days leading into Spring Break. We hope that this gives your family alternatives for childcare and/or travel. We also hope that reducing the district's five remote days to three also helps.

Please feel free to email me or call the school with questions as we enter the state spring testing season and begin to wind down this very unpredictable school year brought on by COVID-19. Thank you for your support of your student(s) and all of the schools in our feeder pattern!

Corner Middle 5th & 6th Grade Science Olympiad in First Live Competition of the Year

On Saturday, the Corner Middle School 5th and 6th Grade Science Olympiad competed in district competition at Fultondale Elementary in a multi-tiered event that was held at five different schools across Jefferson County. Team coach, Mrs. April Wills, took her team to Fultondale Elementary to compete against teams from Snow Rogers Elementary, Warrior Elementary, Mt. Olive Elementary, and Fultondale Elementary.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions this year, the school district split the event into zones to allow for social distancing and avoid capacity conflicts. Schools submitted results to district leaders who will send out results of the county competition later this week.

This is the first live sanctioned event that has been available for our academic teams as Future Problem Solvers Teams, the two Math Teams, the two Robotics Teams, the Debate Team, and the 7th & 8th Grade Science Olympiad Team have all participated in virtual competitions due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Members of the 5th and 6th Grade Science Olympiad Team are:

Heath Pierce

Clayton Blackstock

Zoey Hamilton

Emma Hendricks

Emilee McKinnon

Allyssa Tolbert

Anna Kelly

Brandi Wilson

Samuel Chafin

Ruby Leslie

Reed Hollis

Next week, we will share the results of the team's event on Saturday, as well as rosters and results of other academic groups that competed virtually last week and this week. We are proud of all of our competitive scholars at Corner Middle School!

Calendar for the Week of March 1, 2021 - March 7, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021
  • Submit Management Logs to the District
  • MEDC Meetings with District Psychometrist
  • Principals' Meeting with Dr. Gonsoulin 10:00
  • CMS 5th/6th Grade Math Team Practice 3:00
  • CMS Yearbook Meeting (Photography and Design Team Only) 3:00
  • CMS Theatre Rehearsal 3:00
  • CMS Robotics Competition (Team 1 - 7th/8th grade; Team 1 - 7th/8th grade)
  • CMS Softball at Oak Grove 5:00
  • CMS Baseball Practice
  • Hueytown at CHS JV Baseball 4:30/6:30

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

  • Grades 5 and 6 Data Meetings During Planning Period
  • FCCLA Meeting during Advisory
  • CMS Yearbook Design Team Meeting 3:00
  • CMS Robotics Competition (Team 2 - 7th/8th grade; Team 4 - 7th/8th grade) 3:00
  • CMS Baseball Practice
  • CHS Dance Team Clinic / Auditions (at CHS) 3:30
  • CMS Track at CHS Meet 3:30
  • CHS Tennis at Clay-Chalkville 3:30
  • Priceville at CHS Softball 4:30/6:30
  • CMS Softball Pictures (at CHS) 3:15
  • Rudd at CMS Softballl (at CHS) 5:00
  • CHS Softball at Hueytown 5:00/6:30
  • CHS Baseball (JV) at Oak Grove 4:30/6:30

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • Grades 7 and 8 Data Meetings during Planning Period
  • First Priority during Advisory
  • MANDATORY ACAP Summative Testing Training (ALL FACULTY) 3:20
  • CHS Dance Team Clinic / Auditions (at CHS) 3:30
  • CMS Cheer Fitting with Varsity 3:30
  • CMS Golf v. Bragg at Horse Creek Golf Course

Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • FCCLA Meeting during Advisory
  • CMS 7th and 8th Grade Math Team Practice 3:00
  • CMS Yearbook Design Team Meeting 3:00
  • CHS Dance Team Clinic Auditions (at CHS) 3:30
  • CHS Track Meet at Center Point 3:30
  • CMS Baseball at Hueytown 5:00
  • CMS Softball at Jasper 5:00
  • Curry at CHS Softball 4:30/6:30

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • CMS Student Council Meeting during Advisory
  • CMS Baseball Practice
  • CMS Softball at McAdory Tournament
  • CHS Dance Team Clinic Auditions (at CHS) 3:30
  • Jasper at CHS JV Baseball 4:30/6:30

Saturday, March 6, 2021

  • CMS Softball at McAdory Tournament
  • Lynn at CHS Baseball 11:00
  • Springville at CHS Baseball 3:00

Sunday, March 7, 2021

  • Enjoy Your Day Worshipping, Relaxing, and/or Having Fun with Family and Friends!

Celebrating Black History Month: The Leadership and Grace of The Girl Who Believed She Can Accomplish Anything

As we continue our celebration of Black History Month, take a moment to look at Alabama native, Condoleezza Rice. Born in 1954, "Condi" was the daughter of two teachers in segregated Birmingham schools. They instilled in her the knowledge that she could accomplish anything she worked for. She entered college in Denver, Colorado at the age of 15. Upon graduation, this talented scholar, musician, athlete, and leader worked her way through multiple leadership positions eventually becoming the first woman and first African American to serve as provost of Stanford University. In 2001, Rice was appointed national security adviser by President George W. Bush, becoming the first black woman (and second woman) to hold the post, and went on to become the first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. Today, we honor and celebrate the achievement of black men and women in American history.

Condoleezza Rice - Government Official | Mini Bio | BIO

Looking Ahead to Important Spring Dates

In order to assist you with your planning, please make note of the following dates. Remember, however, dates for all events/activities are subject to change due to inclement weather, COVID-19 restrictions, or other events which may force cancellation or re-scheduling.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 ACAP Alternate Testing with Select Students

March 2-5, 2021 CHS Dance Team Clinic and Tryouts

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 ACAP Alternate Testing with Select Students

Monday, March 8, 2021 ACAP Alternate Testing with Select Students

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 ACAP Alternate Testing with Select Students

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 ACAP Alternate Testing with Select Students

Friday, March 12, 2021 CMS Beauty Pageant Practice

Saturday, March 13, 2021 CMS Beauty Pageant

Sunday, March 14, 2021 Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 15-18, 2021 CHS Cheerleading Clinic and Tryouts

March 17-19, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for Remote Learners

March 22-26, 2021 Spring Break

Monday, March 29, 2021 Beginning of 4th Quarter

March 29-April 2, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 6th Grade

April 5-9, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 8th Grade

April 5-9, 2021 CHS Color Guard Clinic and Tryout Week

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6th Grade Track and Field Day at CHS

Thursday, April 8, 2021 5th Grade Track and Field Day at CHS

April 12-16, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 5th Grae

April 19-23, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 7th Grade

April 26-30, 2021 Make-up ACAP Summative Testing

Thursday, April 29, 2021 CMS Band Spring Concert in Competition Gym 7:00

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 CHS Graduation

Friday, May 28, 2021 Last Day for Students

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Teacher Work Day

Corner Middle School

Corner Middle School is committed to building a foundation for college, career, and community success in a nurturing environment.

The mission of Corner Middle School is to serve our community of learners by:

· Utilizing highly-effective instruction and a challenging curriculum.

· Meeting the needs of diverse learners in order to prepare them for college and entry into the work force.

· Partnering with the community.

· Cultivating student leaders.

· Integrating technology into all areas of learning.